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    OCTOPUSSchnellstart in die Welt des Internet der Ding mit dem #IoT Octopus:

    Ideen und Blaupause (extern DIV, PDF)

    Ardublock fr den #IoT Octopus including QuickStart Guide (extern, UCB, ZIP, >500MB)

    Hintergrund zur IoT Werkstatt:

    Pressemitteilung: IoT-Werkstatt bringt das Internet der Dingespielerisch in die Bildungssysteme

    The OCTOPUS IoT Badge limited developer edition getting started:

    First congratulations to your all-in-one education and innovation kit for yourInternet of Things #IoT applications!

    The kit is based in its core around the famous ESP8266 (SoC) from Esperiffand uses the latest ESP8266-12F module. More details you can find whilechecking the schematic. As the hardware is open we like you to have a lookinto details, and make your modifications while referencing to the

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  • source. If your like the boards and need any custom design e.g. your company/lab/organization logo or a different PCB color please let us know!

    Please be aware this kit is for education and lab use only. As it is madeby Maker for Maker please let us know about any add ons or improvementsyou might find out. The section below might include external links which weare not maintaining nor are responsible for. Code samples are as they are, mightinclude third party work and resources.

    (why to we need all these disclosures!?!? anyway we trust you that you are not going toburn your fingers!) Now lets get it running!

    Frist you do need to decide what power source you might want to use:

    a. ready-to-run: USB and an external 3xAAA or 3xAA battery pack, no modification needed -> just start, have fun! There might be code already on the board if the right NeoPixel isgreen, you are lucky, breath on to the sensor (BME280) and it will detect high humidity! Make sure you got the USB driver and Arduino IDE running:

    b. professionals only: LiPo with charging via USB or solar panelc. professionals only: use only 2xAAA batteries on the board, this is a hack!

    Options b. and c. are requiring modifications and can NOT be used inparallel, nevertheless you might change during the time and reversethe modifications.

    Safety note: if you are going to use a LiPo please make sure you understandthe safety instructions handling LiPo batteries, specially while charing alwayskeep an eye on it, dont short cut or overheat LiPo batteries. Work on your own risk!We suggest only Pros to be using the LiPo option.

    When completed you are ready to run the OCTOPUS. Plug it to your computersUSB port the port is protected by an fuse max. 500mA and a reverse power diode.If you are using the 2xAAA hack there is no reverse power protection the USBpower is not used, so make sure you always follow the printed battery orientationwhile insertion the batteries.


    Now have fun!
  • All you do need to deploy your first application, follow these great tutorials andif you like them consider Adafruit as a source for your supplies too! (we love them)

    MacOS might not recognize the USB/UART driver CP210x you can manually install:

    Btw there is a hackathon, which is going to use OCTOPUS with some more instructions on codingand Arduino(TM) IDE examples:

    Octopus ArduBlock Samples / InstructionsOctopus Arduino(TM) Sampes / Instructions

    Octopus SDK download Zip, 555MB(!) incl. schematic, instructional videos

    If you are interested in a ultra-low-power hack get more background here:

    A excellent introduction to the Octopus by Carl-Benz-School in Koblenzin this video tutorial:

    link was deleted due to yahoo video source

    Our list of tested add on components:

    Useful parts: (breakout) (GPS, requires virtual serial for ESP8266!) (using the short header for a slim design) (using the short header for a slim design)

    Displays: (LED Matrix Display) (OLED)
  • (NeoPixel Matrix, read modification for ESP8266,found here: #16 pin!) (7-Segment, for a watch face or digital multi meter) (Alpha-Segment) (TFT / Touch)

    Controls: (PWM 8x) (Motor 4x / Stepper 2x) (LoRa)

    SeeedStudio Grove:AirQuality, Dust Sensor, Speech Recognizer (virtual serial!), most analog or I2C sensor withsupport for 3V (!)


    using NeoPixel with RGBW support, that means there is a true white,make sure you are setting RGBW when initializing it (see adafruit NeoPixel Uberguide)you can run NeoPixel (as we do on the PCB) with 3.3V, even it is out of spec itworks, if you add external stripes make sure you monitor the current(!) THIS isa hack but works only limit we do see is the strength of the blue LED (as it forwardvoltage is close to 3V)

    a. Ready-to-run setup USB power and external Batterie support (e.g. 3xAA, 3xAAA)

    Parts you got with the kit

    Solder Rotary Encoder

    Solder Headers we recommend the short headers, for a flat design

    Solder Groove Headers

    b. Enable LiPo Option: Please be sure you understand how to safely Charge LiPos (seetutorials of Sparkfun or Adafruit). Never leave the unit unattended during charging. Use only LiPoswith build in protection circuit (current, voltage). Based on the current configuration use at least a
  • capacity of >=350mAh. See schematics for details. Tip: you can attach a slider switch S1 toswitch of the LiPo: before remove R22 and D2

    Solder 2-pin JST (SMD) not included in the kit (polarity is marked with a + on the PCB)

    Close this solder jumper enabling charging (if you are lucky there is a Zero-Ohm resistor in thekit,otherwise just use a short wire to bridge the two pads)

    If you do want to charge the LiPo via a solar panel you can use a micro USB plug to connect toyour solar panel (

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